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Crosley details mini turntable ahead of Record Store Day release

The RSD3 is Crosley Radio's fifth Record Store Day turntable release, and is available for one day only on Saturday April 13, 2019
The RSD3 is Crosley Radio's fifth Record Store Day turntable release, and is available for one day only on Saturday April 13, 2019
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The RSD3 has the look of a Technics SL-1200, in miniature form
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The RSD3 has the look of a Technics SL-1200, in miniature form
The RSD3 will come with a clear dust cover
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The RSD3 will come with a clear dust cover
The belt-drive RSD3 features an AT-3600 Moving Magnet cartridge, pitch control and a fully-supported platter
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The belt-drive RSD3 features an AT-3600 Moving Magnet cartridge, pitch control and a fully-supported platter
The RSD3 turntable has teeny 6.1 x 2.8 x 4.7 inches (155 x 71 x 119 mm) dimensions and weighs in at 1 lb (0.45 kg) exactly
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The RSD3 turntable has teeny 6.1 x 2.8 x 4.7 inches (155 x 71 x 119 mm) dimensions and weighs in at 1 lb (0.45 kg) exactly
The RSD3 plays 3-inch records, with releases from independent record labels coming throughout 2019
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The RSD3 plays 3-inch records, with releases from independent record labels coming throughout 2019
The RSD3 is Crosley Radio's fifth Record Store Day turntable release, and is available for one day only on Saturday April 13, 2019
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The RSD3 is Crosley Radio's fifth Record Store Day turntable release, and is available for one day only on Saturday April 13, 2019
The RSD3 mini turntable will be released with a 3-inch vinyl record of Big Me by the  Foo Fighters included
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The RSD3 mini turntable will be released with a 3-inch vinyl record of Big Me by the  Foo Fighters included

Back in January, we brought news from Crosley Radio that a rather special turntable was being made to celebrate Record Store Day. More details on the RSD3 mini turntable – which can play 3-inch records only – have now emerged ahead of release on Saturday April 13 in participating independent record stores throughout the US.

"A year's worth of ideation, prototyping and collaboration went into reviving this lost 3-inch record format, which was inspired by a trip to Japan and the factory that made the original '8ban' format," said Crosley's Jason Menard. "Record Store Day and Crosley realized the opportunity we had to bring this format of turntable and record to the US for the first time ever and for the first time worldwide in nearly 15 years."

The mini belt-drive turntable has teeny 6.1 x 2.8 x 4.7 inches (155 x 71 x 119 mm) dimensions and weighs in at 1 lb (0.45 kg) exactly. Crosley has included an AT-3600 Moving Magnet cartridge, pitch control and a fully-supported platter. And the device can be USB or battery powered, the latter courtesy of four AA-sized batteries.

The belt-drive RSD3 features an AT-3600 Moving Magnet cartridge, pitch control and a fully-supported platter
The belt-drive RSD3 features an AT-3600 Moving Magnet cartridge, pitch control and a fully-supported platter

There's a built-in speaker for playback while out and about, and an aux out jack for cabling to an external speaker or to a hi-fi system via the included aux-to-RCA adapter.

Crosley has revealed that the RSD3 will come with a 3-inch vinyl record of Big Me by the Foo Fighters to get folks started on their micro-vinyl journey. Independent record labels will be releasing more 3-inch records throughout 2019, including Bad Religion's My Sanity, Ruby Soho from Rancid and Jack White's Love Interruption.

The RSD3 mini turntable will be released with a 3-inch vinyl record of Big Me by the  Foo Fighters included
The RSD3 mini turntable will be released with a 3-inch vinyl record of Big Me by the  Foo Fighters included

"When you hold the RSD3 and the 3-inch records in your hands you cannot stop smiling," remarked Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz. "They are a lot of fun, which is what Record Store Day is all about."

The RSD3 mini turntable will be available for one day only on April 13, and is priced at US$69.95 including the unit's clear dust cover and two 3-inch large hole vinyl post adapters. Crosley hasn't revealed exactly which record stores will stock the mini turntable though, so you'll just have to pop down to your local store in person on Saturday and see if there's one in stock.

Source: Crosley Radio

3 comments
kid-jensen
The whole point of the "Vinyl Revival" is that music-lovers enjoy reading the 12" square sleeve-notes as they listen. A 3" record will have almost no available area for sleeve-notes, so worse than a CD case...... If this was Dragon's Den, I'd be "out"....
damian426
To the other commentator, I love it, you say the 'whole point' of the vinyl revival? Reading sleeves and covers....? Really, not maybe.... The music? The process, the ownership, the sound of the medium, playing ones older music again? You think it's to read larger covers?? That's a bit like saying, the whole sixties fashion revival was due to the bags the clothing came in, it's just waaaay more than that , this tiny player idea however is utter pretentious nonsense, and you kinda blew your chance to point that out, Covers?Really? I can't get over how mad that is, I'm still laughing... covers..... Love it. The little player idea is nonsense, vinyl as portable is a great idea, but seldom has it worked, if ever. And this is a gimmick not a serious bit of kit. Vinyl passion is complex, and currently highly profitable, this kind of nonsense always hangs about at times like these , waiting for faddy nomads to throw money at them without thinking. Remember rabbit phones in the eighties? Similar stuff. Covers.... Still making me chuckle!🤣
Kpar
Seems like a lot of effort to come up with a new Betamax...